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Your next family holiday may still seem some way off with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but now’s the perfect time to plan. To help get you started, here are The Turquoise Holiday Company’s top five family resorts.
Blue Waters, Antigua & Barbuda
Set in a secluded cove among 17 acres of lush, tropical gardens with magenta-coloured hibiscus flowers and swaying palm trees, Blue Waters is a colonial-style Caribbean resort where you and your family can get away from it all. We love the open-plan Cove Suites for families of four, with their spacious living areas and oversized terraces opening up onto the glorious gardens. The complimentary kids’ club is an exciting space for children aged four to 12, with an activity-packed secret garden straight out of Enid Blyton’s playbook. For teens, there a plethora of water sports to choose from, including kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing.
The Maldives is an undiscovered gem for a family holiday, with most people dismissing it as solely a haven for couples. However, head on a family adventure to SonevaFushi and you’ll discover how wrong those assumptions are. It delivers the classic ingredients of any Maldivian escape – white sand, emerald palms and opal-blue waters – but throws in a healthy slice of fun. The Den is no ordinary kids’ club, but more like the realisation of a child’s imagination, with a LEGO room, pirate ship, cinema and teenage hangout. Quality family time can be found everywhere, too, whether it’s on a guided snorkelling trip or by visiting the Willy Wonka-style chocolate room, where your eyes will be bigger than your bellies!
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Like staying in a traditional Omani village, Six Senses Zighy Bay is a resort that promises a true Arabian family adventure, tucked within a secluded bay in the otherworldly landscape of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Its low-slung stone villas are incredibly spacious inside and with each one fitting a minimum of four people, there’s a wide range of accommodation options for families. The activities for children take inspiration from the resort’s location, with sand art, beach bowling and rock painting in the Chaica’s Club (4-10 years old) and adventure hikes, wadi swimming and canyoning for older kids in Al Feetean’s Teens Club (11-18 years old).
Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius
Slip into full relaxation mode at Constance Prince Maurice, located on the sleepy east coast of Mauritius. You’ll fall in love with the perfect curving beach as soon as you lay eyes on it, while the family suites are among the best we’ve come across, with bunk beds and a separate bathroom for the children. The Constance Kids’ Club has everything from pizza-making classes to a number of interactive games, while the on-site mini-golf course promises family fun for all. Adults will love the huge wine cellar (over 25,000 bottles) and teens will adore the myriad water sports on offer but Constance Prince Maurice is well-placed to explore the rest of the island, with mountain biking in Bras D’Eau National Park and zip-lining in Domaine de L’Etoile only a short drive away.
Sugar Beach, Saint Lucia
Is there anything more Caribbean than coconut bowling? We think not. That’s just one of the many fun children’s activities at Sugar Beach in Saint Lucia. Its setting is spectacular, where palm trees give way to glorious golden sands and the resort lies under the gaze of the country’s pair of icons, the majestic Pitons. Between them, the Sugar Club and Spice Club caters for kids from the ages of four right up to 18, while the Sailing Club is always popular with budding young sailors, with a fantastic programme teaching young ones the ropes in the sheltered waters of Anse des Pitons. Beyond the resort, Saint Lucia is an adventure playground for both the young and older, where you can zip-line through the leafy jungle, hike thrilling rainforest trails and much more.
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